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WP/CC ‘relays for life’ Friday in SKW park

May 20, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point and Clay County residents came together to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS) Friday at the annual Relay for Life event in Sally Kate Winters Park.
The goal for this year’s Relay was $35,000, according to Clay County Relay for Life Co-Chair Debbie Hinshaw. She said she’s confident that, although final figures had not been counted as of Monday, this year’s Relay exceeded the goal.
“That night we had about $10,000 turned in, and prior to that we’d already collected nearly $20,000,” Hinshaw said. “We still have checks from single donors coming in this week, and people can continue to donate until August 1.”
She said there were eight teams comprised of hospitals, schools, businesses and churches on-site collecting money. Several other “ghost teams” were collecting money without actually having a booth. The 5K Run/Walk had 88 runners, which is the most the county has ever seen for the event, according to Hinshaw.
“The weather was great and we had a great crowd,” she said. “Some of the activities we had planned for kids fell through, but when you get a bunch of kids together in a wide open space, they can make their own fun.”
Relay Co-Chair Anne Comer said the Relay for Life is ACS’ largest fundraiser, and the money raised goes to fund research, as well as provide for cancer survivors and their families.
“This is a way for our community to be involved in the fight against cancer,” Comer said. “It gives residents a strong sense of community involvement and makes the place we live a better place.”
West Point residents Lorean and James Flippen took part in the Relay’s “survivors’ lap.” The Flippens said it was wonderful to see the community come together in support of cancer survivors.

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